Heartburn Pain Radiating To Back

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Chest pains radiating to my neck and jaw?
    It just started happening really badly an hour or so ago. Ive had heart burn before and it doesnt feel anything like heartburn pains. It starts in the middle of my chest then radiates up to my neck and to my jaw . I feel short of breath for a while and then the pain stops. I am only 17 so I am not sure what it can be. Should I go to the ER to get it checked out or could it be nothing?

    • ANSWER:
      A shooting pain lasting a few seconds is common in healthy young people and means nothing. A sensation of a "catch" at the end of a deep breath is also trivial and doesn't need attention. Heart pain almost never occurs in previously healthy men under 30 years of age or women under 40 and is uncommon for the following ten years in each sex.

      The hyperventilation syndrome is a frequent cause of chest pain, particularly in young people. If you're dizzy or have tingling in your fingers, suspect this syndrome.

      Chest pain is a serious symptom meaning "heart attack" to most people. Serious chest discomfort should usually be evaluated by a doctor.

      I hope this helps you. And good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    Do any other pregnant women get back pain when they have heartburn?
    I am 4 months pregnant and every time I get heartburn I get horrible back pain that radiates into my sides. If you have had this problem what did you do and what would you recommend that I do?

    • ANSWER:
      When ever i get heartburn (which is usually ALL day...he better have tons of hair!)
      i get MAJOR head aces, and feel as if my chest is going to cave in, ive tried 4 different medications for it, so my doctor gave me something else that i will be trying shortly.

      and take tylenol?

  3. QUESTION:
    Can chest pain for 5 days be a possible heart attack or just muscular pain?
    My boyfriend will be 50 in a few weeks, obviously is at the prime age for a heart attack. Last week before this chest discomfort start he was doing some heavy lifting. He waited for almost a week to tell me that he had this pain and is blowing it off that it's due to the lifting. He says that if it was a heart attack that he would've been dead by now.

    • ANSWER:
      When chest pain strikes it can be an alarming situation. Most people go straight to thinking they are having a heart attack, and sometimes they are right. But chest pain does not always involve the heart. In fact sometimes it can related to your lungs, stomach, stress, or simply your muscles and bones. Chest pain is nearly always amplified by the anxiety that people feel when they first take note of it. The way to help yourself and others around you is after you dial 9-1-1 to try and remain calm, take a few deep breaths and relax. I will endeavor to give you the knowledge you need to help you feel better and seek further help when it is needed.

      Many people with chest pain fear a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are mildly inconvenient, while other causes are serious, even life-threatening. Any organ or tissue in your chest can be the source of pain, including your heart, lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs, tendons, or nerves.

      Angina is a type of heart-related chest pain. This pain occurs because your heart is not getting enough blood and oxygen. Angina pain can be similar to the pain of a heart attack.

      Angina is called stable angina when your chest pain begins at a predictable level of activity. (For example, when you walk up a steep hill.) However, if your chest pain happens unexpectedly after light activity or occurs at rest, this is called unstable angina. This is a more dangerous form of angina and you need to be seen in an emergency room right away.

      Chest pain can also be related to problems with your digestive system. These include stomach ulcer, gallbladder disease, gallstones, indigestion, heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux (when acid from your stomach backs up into your esophagus).

      Ulcer pain burns if your stomach is empty and feels better with food. Gallbladder pain often gets worse after a meal, especially a fatty meal.

      If injury, over-exertion, or coughing have caused muscle strain, your chest wall is often tender or painful when you press a finger at the location of the pain. This can often be treated at home. Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen, ice, heat, and rest.

      If you know you have asthma or angina, follow the instructions of your doctor and take your medications regularly to avoid flare-ups.

      When to Contact a Medical Professional
      Call 911 if:

      You have sudden crushing, squeezing, tightening, or pressure in your chest.
      Pain radiates to your jaw, left arm, or between your shoulder blades.
      You have nausea, dizziness, sweating, a racing heart, or shortness of breath.
      You know you have angina and your chest discomfort is suddenly more intense, brought on by lighter activity, or lasts longer than usual.
      Your angina symptoms occur at rest.
      You have sudden sharp chest pain with shortness of breath, especially after a long trip, a stretch of bedrest (for example, following an operation), or other lack of movement that can lead to a blood clot in your leg.
      Know that your risk of heart attack is greater if you have a family history of heart disease, you smoke,use cocaine, are overweight, or you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or diabetes.

      CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF:
      You have a fever or a cough that produces yellow-green phlegm.
      Chest wall pain persists for longer than 3 to 5 days.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is pain in my jaw a symptom of heartburn?
    Sometimes, I get what I think is heartburn, and it pains so bad that I feel it hurting in my jaw, is that heartburn?

    • ANSWER:
      The paid in your jaw is indicative of acidity burn in your tummy and in your food pipe. The acidity is burning you up so much that the pain is radiating into your jaw bones where your salivary glands reside. Try changing your diet to something you are more comfortable with. Try eating less (about half) of what you eat right now. Drink more milkless tea slowly. Take it easy. Try to have deep sleep. Lack of sleep is one reason for heartburn.

  5. QUESTION:
    What could be causing the sharp pains in my rib cage?
    I don't know what's wrong. I'm having sharp pains on like my rib cage right under my boobs and it gets worst when I take deep breaths but feels better when I put pressure on it. It's not as severe as the pain I assume I would have from a broken rib and I thought it was an enlarged spleen but my pain is not localized to the left side, but instead all spread around my front and focused more on both sides. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      You have heart burn. It can radiate through the chest, up the throat, into the left shoulder and left arm, and to the back. For some people it can be so severe that they confuse it with heart problems. Taking a deep breath hurts because the expansion of your lungs puts pressure on your stomach and forces acid up into your throat. Pushing on your ribs helps because you're sending a new signal to your brain that's overriding the referred pain of heartburn. Once the throat is burned a little by acid, even the tiniest of stimuli will become painful. Feel free to munch on all of the antacids you want. Tums and Rolaids are fairly useless. Gaviscon is more expensive, but it works incredibly well. For now, try to avoid chocolate, tomatoes, citrus, peppers, caffeine, carbonated drinks, garlic, onions, alcohol, cinnamon, peppermint and spearmint. Once the pain goes away, you can go back to eating those foods, but you may want to limit the amount you eat at one time.


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